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Drug abuse in football : The Premier League has her cocaine scandal

It happened on the toilet. After an away game in December, a football team from the Premier League celebrated a Christmas party in a night club. As a player wan

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Drug abuse in football : The Premier League has her cocaine scandal

It happened on the toilet. After an away game in December, a football team from the Premier League celebrated a Christmas party in a night club. As a player wanted to go to the bathroom, he caught comrades a team, as he drew a Line of cocaine through the nose. Half an hour later, the player in question had been set by the coach to the Taxi in the assumption that his protege had been drunk.

The British tabloid "The Sun" reported, citing witness statements. Meanwhile, the channel "BBC confirmed" the rumors. The English football is in front of a new drugs scandal. Because "The Sun" , this was not the only case of drug use the English footballers in the run-up to Christmas. In a further Celebration of Premier League players would have rumgereicht large amounts of cocaine, the newspaper quoted a party guest. The names and associations have yet to be published.

Adrian Mutu flew once with Chelsea out

cocaine is widespread in English football, and show several examples from the past few years. A particularly prominent case of Adrian Mutu. The Romanian midfielder was regarded as one of the biggest striker talents, and later, in 2003, for 22 million euros from AC Parma to Chelsea. There he was tested positive for cocaine. Chelsea broke the contract and sued Mutu, has to compensate the club with 17.2 million euros. This is the highest penalty imposed by the world governing body Fifa ever. 2016 finished Mutu his career.

Keen nose: Adrian Mutu was caught as a player of FC Chelsea in 2004 for cocaine. The Association sued the Romanian...photo: Sean Dempsey/dpa

For Ivan Waddington, the latest incidents are not a Surprise. The Professor of the University of Chester is researching for several years on drug abuse in English professional football. Waddington called the latest incidents of "normal practice" in the Premier League and relies on his own scientific study from the year 2005. Almost half of the players from the three highest leagues, to know other players, the drugs such as cocaine, MDMA, or Cannabis consumed.

"The controls are much too lax"

But why so many players risking easily finished their careers? "Because of their age, their leisure time, disposable income, etc., the players are exposed to the risks of social drugs outside of competition," says the English football Association the FA in its set of rules.

Waddington sees a much bigger Problem. "The controls are much too lax," he criticizes in an interview with the daily mirror. Many players would take the small risk to be tested positive. So, it was probably also in the case of the current scandals: One of the players had been checked a day earlier, according to "The Sun". As it is often only once a season will be tested, he can in connection without great concern cokes. Cocaine only a few days in the blood and in the urine.

Who tests A positive test B: the urine for a Doping test in two glass bottles.Photo: Peter Kneffel/dpa

Before the Play most of the football players be due to a possible urine sample after the final whistle carefully explains Waddington. At a victory celebration in the Club would then weggeschnupft but all of the concerns. Although the British Anti-Doping Agency, Ukad, in the past Premier League season, according to information from the 1923 Tests. Six Times there was a positive result. However, more Accurate is not known.

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Waddington, criticised the lack of transparency of the English Association: "The FA does not want to talk about it and is very uncooperative." The scientist requires that the Association be informed more about the processes and results of drug tests. Also in the current cases, the FA keeps covered. On a demand of the German press-Agency of the state of the investigation, the Association said in General: "We encourage anyone with information about any Anti-Doping violation, to inform the FA."

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